Help out with the City Nature Challenge even if you can't leave your home! Due to the pandemic, the City Nature Challenge this year is focused on the healing power of nature and working together while we're apart. No individual city is going to be declared a winner - all the cities participating will have their results added together. Here in NYC we are not likely to get the thousands of observations we would normally get during CNC, but there are still ways to participate while you stay safe inside! Grab a snack and a tasty beverage and hop on our Zoom meeting to make identifications together!
The basic format will be a quick intro about how to ID observations and then you'll work on them on your own while on the call. The moderator will pop in every 10-15 min or so to pose a question about what you're up to.
To participate, you will need a device that can have Zoom open AND an internet browser window open for iNaturalist at the same time. Please create an account on iNaturalist before the meeting starts. The host will be logging into the Zoom room 15 minutes early (4:45pm) to help anyone who is having access issues. If you think this might happen to you, please try to get into the room a few minutes ahead of the start time.
You do not need to have any taxonomic expertise to participate! If you can tell an animal from a plant, you'll still be able to help out! There will be a lot of observations that come in without any labels ("unknowns") and even a broad identification helps get those observations in front of the people who will know what they are.
You also don't need to be a New Yorker to participate! Remember that this year we are all working together on a global City Nature Challenge effort. We'll share links to other participating cities and you can pick your favorite!